The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has reached a settlement with 14 people who filed civil charges against a former pastor in Texas who has been convicted of use of child pornography and sexual abuse of children.
The Japan-based Niwano Peace Foundation says it will for the first time award its annual prize to an African group—the Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative, which seeks social justice and the end to a bloody conflict in Uganda.
The United States ranks third, behind only China and Iran, in reported executions, according to Amnesty International’s annual report on the death penalty. It noted that four countries accounted for 84 percent of the 1,146 government-reported executions worldwide in 2003—the U.S. (65), China (726), Iran (108) and Vietnam (64).
Princeton Theological Seminary named IainR.Torrance, a Scottish Presbyterian leader and scholar at the University of Aberdeen, to become the school’s sixth president on July 1. He will succeed ThomasG.Gillespie, who previously announced his retirement.
The apostle Paul wanted women to cover their tresses while praying because he—like the rest of Hellenistic culture then—believed that the long hair of adult females was the sexual equivalent of male testicles, according to a newly published study.